Make back to school a happy time
Students from across the South Waikato head back to school next week but some will be going to school for the first time.
The first few days can be a stressful and difficult time but, with the right preparation, things can be made easier. Some helpful tips include:
Ensure your child has everything they need for their first day. Most schools will send out a stationery list with the books and stationery students need.
Ensure your child knows how they are going home. If you are picking them up show them where you will meet them. If they are catching the bus make sure they know where the bus will be.
Get into the school routine early. Children need to get enough sleep to function properly at school. For several days before school restarts get your children into bed at the same time they will be on a school night.
Children who read during the school holidays are more likely to retain the reading level they had when school ended. Reading keeps the mind sharp and helps expand a child’s vocabulary.
Make school an exciting place for your child by emphasising the positives. Children pick up on their parents’ attitudes so start the year on a positive note. If a parent complains about back to school shopping, for example, a child may associate school with negative feelings.
Practise handwriting and spelling in the lead-up to school starting. Many children do not write over the summer so help them with activities such as writing thank-you notes, journals, letters or stories.
GET SET: Students are heading back to school next week, there are many things parents can do to make the transition easier.